Obama Should Take Credit for Afghanistan, McKeon Says

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An Afghan Army soldier, left, and soldiers with the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Parsa in Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2013.

President Barack Obama is too quiet about one of the top accomplishments of his administration, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon says.

McKeon, speaking at a National Press Club luncheon today, said the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has been a success.

Afghanistan is a better place today and less of a threat than it was 13 years ago, he said, pointing to the president’s execution of a war started by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — a war that Obama is winding down.

“For the life of me, I can’t figure out why the president hasn’t taken credit for these victories,” McKeon, a Republican, said. “Afghanistan is freer and America is safer. That should be a source of pride, a piece of President Obama’s legacy, not some shameful burden never to be spoken of.”


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